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Ikechukwu Uche
Personal information
Date of birth January 5, 1984 (1984-01-05) (age 26)
Place of birth    Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Zaragoza
Number 9
Youth career

Amanze United
Iwuanyanwo Nationale
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Racing Ferrol
028 0(2)
133 (50)
055 (11)
020 (0)   
National team2
2007– Nigeria 022 0(5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 5 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 5 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ikechukwu Uche (born January 5, 1984 in Aba) is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Real Zaragoza, as a striker.

He is the younger brother of another footballer, Kalu Uche (they are not related to two other players, Uche Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Kalu).

His name, Ikechukwu, means "Power of God" in Igbo.[1]

Club career

Uche's footballer career began with Amanze United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. Aged just 17, he moved to Racing de Ferrol in the Spanish second division, appearing in 24 games in his second season, which ended in relegation for the Galician squad.

Uche then joined Recreativo de Huelva for a fee of $300,000, and scored 12 goals in his first season, becoming the league's top scorer in 2005–06, at 20 in just 28 games (with five braces), as the Andalusians returned, as champions, to the first division after a three-year absence.

In his first top flight year, Uche scored on eight occasions. Notably, he netted in three consecutive matches in November 2006 (with wins at Celta de Vigo and against CA Osasuna), as Recre finished eight.

For 2007–08, Uche joined Madrid's Getafe CF, mainly being used as a substitute. On November 29, 2008, also from the bench, he netted in a 3–1 home win over Real Madrid.

In July 2009, Real Zaragoza, recently returned to the topflight, agreed terms to sign Uche, subject to medical.[2] He was presented officially on the 22nd, and signed a four-year contract.[3] In only his second match, a 1–4 loss at Sevilla FC, he suffered a severe knee injury, going on to miss several months.


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